Udall Resident Butch Colvin Named Truckload Carriers Association’s 2009 Company Equipment Driver of the Year


Las Vegas, Nevada:

Photo:  Kevin Burch, Jeff Jones, Butch Colvin, & Randy CornellGordon “Butch” Colvin of Udall, Kansas, a truck driver for Con-way Truckload of Joplin, Missouri, has been named 2009 Company Equipment Driver of the Year by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA). The announcement was made March 2 during TCA’s Annual Convention at the Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 21st annual Company Equipment Driver of the Year contest, sponsored by the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and Truckers News, honors the top company drivers in the United States and Canada, based on the drivers’ excellent safety records, unblemished work histories, and involvement in their communities and industry.

Colvin has been a truck driver for 50 years, and has worked for Con-way Truckload since 1996. Over the course of his truck driving career, he has logged more than 5 million miles; 1.6 million of these were driven while employed with Con-way.

Colvin is part of a driver team called “Team Colvin” along with his wife, Dora, who won first place in the 2005 Company Equipment Driver of the Year competition.  Together, they have been recognized twice as Con-way’s Company Team of the Year and five times as Company Team of the Month.  They have also been recognized for safely achieving a million miles while driving for their company.

Colvin is one of 12 drivers selected nationwide for an advisory board for Kenworth that helps make decisions that will affect the future of truck design and equipment specifications for the company.  In the past, he has tested new engines and made recommendations for components for Con-way to purchase.  He currently drives a Kenworth 660 truck equipped with an experimental Cummins engine that burns DEF (urea) in the exhaust, thereby putting clean air back into the environment.

When not on the road, Colvin is active with his children’s school.  He helped sponsor its first successful all-night, alcohol-free graduation party, which has now become a school-sponsored event.  He is also very active in his church, where he has served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school president, mission leader and Elders’ president.

For 15 years, he has participated in a letter-writing activity for shut-ins and less active members of the church, mailing them messages from different states as he travels.

“Butch is a joy to work with.  The standards he sets for himself are among the highest I’ve seen,” said Randy Cornell, Con-way’s vice president of safety.  “He continually guides other drivers in practices that are safe and edifying to the trucking industry.  If he sees someone abusing the latitude of a policy, he’s not afraid to gently and diplomatically share with another driver how their actions affect the industry reputation as well as the company’s.  As a result, the roads are safer, and the next generation of truck drivers will better understand their personal responsibility in making it all work.”

As the 2009 Company Equipment Driver of the Year, Colvin will receive a prize package consisting of cash, gift cards, products, and services worth $25,000.  In addition, his employer flew him to Las Vegas and paid for his expenses while attending TCA’s convention, where he was awarded a plaque in front of hundreds of the industry’s top leaders.

To be eligible for the contest, Colvin had to meet certain minimum criteria, including having driven one million consecutive, accident free miles.  He also had to drive for a TCA-member trucking company for at least the past three years. After passing the initial phase of the competition, he was then asked to submit a final application form that required verification of work history and safety record, a 300-word essay explaining why he should be a candidate for the grand prize, and a 300-word essay explaining how he is a good “Trucking Citizen.  ” Based on these materials, Colvin was selected as the 2009 Grand Prize winner.

“I am very impressed with Mr. Colvin’s credentials,” said Chris Burruss, TCA’s president.  “His lengthy career and superior driving record, combined with his commitment to bettering his industry and community, make him more than worthy of the title, ‘Company Equipment Driver of the Year.”